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Allentown City Council to vote Thursday night for interim mayor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The city of Allentown could have a new mayor as soon as Thursday night.

City council will interview the final round of candidates who want the open position at a special meeting Thursday and vote afterwards.

Council has been tasked with appointing an interim mayor to serve until the November 2019 municipal election is held. Former Mayor Ed Pawlowski was forced to resign after being convicted of 47 counts related to trading favors and city contracts in exchange for campaign donations.

City Council President Roger MacLean has been the city's acting mayor since Pawlowski's resignation.

Thirty-two applications were received initially. The list has been narrowed down to 15 candidates.

The first six were interviewed Tuesday night. Four more were interviewed during a special meeting Wednesday night.

Council is set to interview the remaining five candidates Thursday night, and vote afterwards.

The interview schedule is:

6 p.m.: Erin Keller

6:20 p.m.: Michael Daniels

6:40 p.m.: Nathan Woodring

7 p.m.: Keith Shazad Malik

7:20 p.m.: Charles F. Thiel

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